The national leader of the APC ruling party, Alhaji Bola Ahmed Tinubu, over the weekend spoke concerning alleged feud between him, President Buhari and the Senate president Bukola Saraki, describing it as an execrable lie.
In a statement Sunday from Conakry, Guinea and signed by his Chief of Staff/ Head of media, “The idea of an alleged conspiracy between Tinubu and Saraki against the President is an execrable lie.
The alleged conspiracy is a figment. It takes at least two people to make a conspiracy. There has been no substantive communication between Asiwaju and Saraki since the latter decided to foul the integrity of the Senate and the party. To be truthful, I don’t think Saraki would care to hear what Asiwaju would have to say to him. He would admonish the Senator to treat the nomination process with dispatch, justice, fairness, transparency, and most of all with the greatest patriotism.
Tinubu said he would not toss aside a lifetime’s labor because of an alleged slight and certainly would not join with Senator Saraki in stymieing this government which may just be the nation’s last best chance to salvage itself. He also described the emergence of Bukola Saraki as the senate President, “a crass act of disloyalty showing that Saraki may have joined the APC on paper but has remained true to the malpractices and wrong aims of the reactionary PDP in his soul.”
The Jagaban of Borgu asked Saraki to shelve his personal situation for the moment to concentrate on the people’s business.
“It would be a grave mistake and abuse of office for Saraki to directly or indirectly inject his personal matter into the approval process. Saraki should not link the approval of a single Minister to his desire for extrajudicial treatment of his issues.”
Sunday night, the Senate President Bukola Saraki responded to statements by the national leader of the APC, Bola Tinubu, describing him (Saraki) as a disloyal member of the ruling party, a regressive element deploying cunning tricks to divide and pit progressive against progressive.”
“I saw the statement said to be issued by Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu over a story published by The Sun newspapers. I have decided not to join issues with Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. However, I know that most Nigerians are aware that there has been no meeting or communication between me and Asiwaju Tinubu since I was elected Senate President. Therefore, I do not see any basis for a newspaper to report that we are both plotting to oppose the President.
Responding to Tinubu that the way he (Saraki) captured his current seat travestied party discipline, he said, “Since my election as Senate President, my focus and efforts have been devoted to doing the job that I was elected to do by my constituents and my colleagues in the Senate. Twice, my colleagues have confirmed their support for me as the primus inter pares in the Senate.”
The implication of this FEUD between the National Leader of the APC, Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the Senate President, Bukola Saraki will go a long way to undermining not just the CHANGE expected by many Nigerians which was the reason why the APC found herself as the ruling party, but also the ability of the party to take Nigeria to the next level in terms of dividends of democracy.
In the last 16 years of PDP administration, Nigerians have witnessed a regression in the standard of living of ordinary men, lack of basic amenities, poor health services, nose-diving educational system, misappropriation of public funds, abuse of office, extrajudicial killings, poor budget implementations, unscrupulous elements occupying public offices and squandering resources (Bode George et al) and the greatest monster of them all, which was ORGANIZED CORRUPTION.
The last general elections witnessed a distinctive popular participation trends, as Nigerians voted out every government they felt was not doing enough in terms of dividends of democracy, and with President Buhari/Osinbajo candidacies, Nigerians once again saw hope and felt that APC would deliver them from the greedy claws of the people’s democratic party, PDP and their fruitless and wasteful leadership coupled with the promise that CORRUPTION WOULD ALSO BE FOUGHT.
There is no iota of doubt in the fact the process that brought in the senate president, Bukola Saraki, in any parlance is a POLITICAL AMBUSH, as majority of the senators present during his election are members of the same opposition party which Nigerians decided to oust with their votes.
The Place of the party in Nigeria’s democracy is also very critical as there is no room at this point for independent candidates. The implication of this is that one MUST be a party member to even get a vote from Nigerians. Senator Saraki was no exception as he became a senator under the umbrella of the APC and wisdom would beckon that the leadership of any party be taken seriously by any candidate irrespective of status.
Parties on the other hand, should be careful in handling matters within their structures.
Party leadership is as important to any candidate in Nigerian politics as the candidate him/herself and except Bukola Saraki is for PDP in principle, he should work hard to align himself to his APC colleagues in the upper chambers of the National assembly and the party hierarchy and not this PDP/Saraki romance that Nigerians continue to see.
However, it is also important to state that, the peoples mandate and expectations should be the bottom-line of the National assembly be it the upper or the lower chambers.